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CCMH Recognizes Employees with Awards Ceremony

June 12, 2023

From left, Carroll County Memorial Hospital’s Chief Executive Officer Scott Thoreson honors Kayla Sturgeon as the Carroll County Memorial Hospital Employee of the Year at a recent awards ceremony. (Rachel Harper/CCMH)

CARROLLTON, Mo. – Carroll County Memorial Hospital honored employees with a special event, highlighting memorable moments throughout 2022 and into 2023.

Autumn O’Neal, Kayla Sturgeon, Ralee Flowers and Cinthia Ratliff were each selected as Employees of the Quarter over the course of fiscal year 2022-2023.

After an all-staff vote, Kayla Sturgeon was named CCMH Employee of the Year during the awards ceremony.

Comments from Sturgeon’s Employee of the Quarter nomination included: “Kayla definitely goes above and beyond what is expected on a consistent basis. Kayla does a great job by multitasking, providing referrals and following up on patient phone calls. Her flexibility to step out of her traditional role is well-known and valued. For example, Kayla helps out with COVID vaccinations, staffing at Brunswick clinic, coordinating and keeping the sample box closet in order, etc. She does the job of 3 people day in and day out.”

“Being named Employee of the Year means a lot to me,” Sturgeon said. “It makes me feel like everything I have done here at CCMH has made an impact to some of my coworkers and patients at some point, and makes me work even harder to be a better person and employee.”

Sturgeon joined the CCMH team in October 2015 and currently serves as a Licensed Practical Nurse in Jefferson Medical Group.

“I like working at CCMH for many reasons, but there are two reasons that stand out to me,” Sturgeon said. “First, it makes you feel like you’re working with a big family that cares. Everyone is there for you on your good days and your bad days. Second, I like to be able to care for the population of Carroll County and surrounding counties when they come to CCMH.”

From July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2023, CCMH is proud to have one employee, Leda Beeler, reach a milestone of 40 years of dedication to the organization.

“Leda has been a valued member of CCMH for the last 40 years,” said Alana Wilson, CCMH Director of Patient Accounts. “Leda is dedicated to not only her work in Revenue Cycle, but to CCMH has a whole. She treats her co-workers with compassion, along with any patients that she may interact with. Leda has been a great asset to CCMH. Thank you for all your years of service.”

CCMH also honored Candy Hart for 30 years of service to the organization.

“Candy has been a valued member of CCMH for 30 years and we are so lucky to have her as part of the finance office,” said Kendall Carpenter, CCMH Accounting Manager. “She is very organized, reliable and knowledgeable. She is also one of the sweetest and kindest people I know. Thank you for your years of service.”

Five employees – Bill Bollinger, Becky Cook, Pam Goetting, Danielle Hamilton and Dr. Richard Smith – were honored for 15 years of service with CCMH. Three employees celebrated 10 years and those individuals were Ashley Ahnefeld, Melissa Cochran and Nicole Collette.

Nineteen employees were recognized for five years of service to CCMH, and they were Jeri Anderson, Abbie Backes, Nicole Billups, Kate Bonderer, Amy Brown, Rachel Davidson, Lesley Delaney, Jacob DeMint, Samantha Freels, Lyndsay Moore, Jacie O’Dell, Kristyn Peel, Ashley Pittman, Mandy Placke, Blake Riley, Kylie Watts, Nikki Whipkins, Katherine Whitney and Jordan Wright.

Jeremy Crooker and Nicole Collette were also recognized as the 2022 Great Catch of the Year. The Great Catch program was implemented in 2019 with the purpose of recognizing an event that could have been harmful to a patient, but was prevented.

“This gives us an opportunity to recognize staff members for going above and beyond when caring for our patients,” said Megan Griffin, CCMH Safety and Risk Coordinator. “Our staff are quick on their toes and recognize potential harmful situations before they even happen. I am proud of the safety measures our staff instinctively put forth to make our patients not only safe, but have a great experience at CCMH.”

In spring of 2022, Jeremy Crooker and Nicole Collette learned of a potential shortage of IV contrast. Jeremy and Nicole made the decision to order an ample amount of the contrast. Because of this pro-active decision, CCMH had enough contrast on hand to last several months where as other facilities were struggling with supply shortages.

In 2022, the following individuals were recognized for good catches ranging from missing cords to wholesaler errors to home issues with no-show patients to subtle signs of stroke: Mona Emrich, Susie Folkert, Tatum Laire, Jeremy Crooker, Nicole Collette, Kayla Sturgeon, Delyna Horst, Blake Riley, Becky Cook, Madison Ford, Kynetta Albrecht, Carson Mathis, Kelsey Lyon and Jessica Winkowski.

For more information about the services at Carroll County Memorial Hospital, visit our website or call 660-542-1695.

Carroll County Memorial Hospital (CCMH), the area’s premier healthcare resource, is a 25-bed Critical Access facility serving Carrollton and the surrounding communities. It offers 24-hour emergency care, specialized services such as advanced diagnostics, post-acute skilled care (swing bed) and comprehensive family care. CCMH is dedicated to the Health and Well Being of All We Serve. For more information, visit